A point of contention that comes up more than I’d like to while running a pretty unconfrontational radio show is the fine line of decency. While no one’s baring breasts or wagging genitilia about in any of these radio shows, the cryptic FCC rules constitute any reference to sexual or excretory functions as indecent, a pretty vague and encompassing rule that made me hesitant about the moans and groans in Tales from Williamsville, the orgy sound effects in Fall of the Hero, and even the “pissing rain” in Drizzle. Further, the upcoming program featuring Ollin’s Afterhell may have “son of a whore” bleeped out and the mysterious iron fist of the FCC keeps me from featuring an episode I’d prefer to air if I wasn’t hesitant about some very mild sensual subject matter.
Well, I may still not be able to get away with women groaning, but thanks to a New York Court ruling, we may have more opportunities to swear in times of great exultation. In this monumental and absurd ruling, the Vice President and President themselves were cited as examples of why occasionally dropping the F bomb is appropriate in a fleeting context.
While this doesn’t even begin to touch the Puritanical body-loathing at the heart of the FCC’s ban on expressions dealing with sex and shitting, the move is a good slap in the face for the FCC, even if it bolsters the ability of television writers to compensate for flagging scripts with dirty language. Raise a bottle for free speech!
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I say it’s okay to say the F word when you’re F’ing. That how I keep this whole thing straight.
Fair enough. Fuck the fuckity fuck fuck. Though at the same time, if I prefer to use my first amendment right to keep things kosher over here, that’s fine too.
Honestly, I find the whole debate borderline hilarious — no, utterly hilarious. After all, aren’t we in the middle of a couple of wars or something?
Rickenbacker Willy says
It’s okay… it’s only bungled wars.
You could always start every show with a mild form of disclaimer, something similarly vague as those on the erectile dysfunction drug ads: This broadcast may contain content suitable for a mature audience. Listener discretion is advised. If you do manage to get priapism, good luck and you’re on your own.
That should cover your ass and save everyone on earth from the hidden dangers of offensive sounds.
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